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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
While the built-in speaker runs for 6 hours on 3 AA batteries, The Fingerist comes with a line-out jack to send your songs to your amplifier so you can share with your entire neighborhood. Info on where you can purchase one isn't found on the EVENNO site, but Engadget spotted it for sale over at Amazon for $150.
$150 seems a bit steep for my taste when you can get a cheap used guitar and amp for that price, along with maybe a lesson or two. As a guitar player myself, I say go for the real thing. That said, I can see the appeal of bringing this out when the family gets together over the holidays for some rockin' jam sessions.
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Xbox Kinect/Xbox 360; �39.99-�44.99; cert 3+; Frontier/Microsoft
We all dream of one day forming an emotional bond with another sentient being and finding respite from the terrible isolation of existence. With Kinectimals, you get to do just that ? and your new buddy can never die or leave you. It's perfect.
Of course, the real target market for this game isn't sad-sack adults but wide-eyed children, something that's made clear by the Cbeebies-style presentation of the Kinectimal world. Set on the island of Lemuria, a shimmering paradise of fluttering leaves and wide blue skies, you're welcomed by a weird feline bee-fairy called Bumble and taken to choose your big cat cub.
Whether you go for lion, cheetah, tiger or one of the other curiously placid predatory mammals, your pet will be undeniably cute, and so fluffy that it's almost a disappointment when you reach out to stroke them and can't feel their pelts. "We're so excited to meet you," says Bumble. "The cubs haven't had anyone to play with since the captain left." (It sounds less ominous than it looks written down.)
Actually, the whole thing is almost too adorable. It doesn't try to charm you into a relationship, it just embraces you full on and licks you in the face. Your cat turns out to be rather characterless, and the playing and petting a bit empty. Kinect is impressive here, almost eerily so as it matches your actions to the cub and has it copy you. ("Jump!" "Spin!" "Play dead!" it demands, almost as though it's the one in charge and not you.)
But after a while, there's no getting away from the fact that wafting your empty hands around feels a lot like miming: when you're supposed to be throwing a ball or using a brush, Kinect's controller-free motion control is less satisfying than Move or even Wii.
Often, your cat will scarper and leave you playing pretend skittles on your own as you faff about trying to win the points that will unlock new areas of the map and let you buy gifts for your soulless cub. It's self-defeating, because the more Kinectimals tries to be game-like, the less it lets you actually play: EyePet is much simpler and a lot more successful, because it's always focused on the actual pet, leaving you with the choice of how to interact. Kinectimals feels frequently like a clumsy mini-game compendium with a tiger wandering through every few minutes.
There's more mileage in a Tamagotchi, and one of them would never ask you to shame yourself by acting out "play dead" on the living room floor.
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Of Tryptophan and Football
By Joe “The Commish” Cahn
You know the drill: eat Thanksgiving Dinner, get in front of TV to watch the games and then it’s off to dreamland.
You might doze off in front of the Patriots/Lions game, wake up in the middle of the Saints/Cowboys tilt, nod off again and then finish it by catching what you can of the Bengals/Jets triple-header finale.
Everyone blames the tryptophan in the turkey.
You hear people announce this self-fulfilling prophecy -- that the bird is what causes us to get in to that deep, REM, snore-worthy state of sleepy bliss.
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it might not just be the turkey. Sure, turkey has high levels of tryptophan and it does contribute to the “sleepies.” But, it also has to do with the carbohydrates that you consume during the meal.
Yep, those rolls, potatoes, stuffing -- anything that has carbs in it -- are the culprits that trigger that tired feeling.
But, let’s be honest -- maybe we should just keep this between us.
Because one of the great traditions of Thanksgiving is (usually) that uncle who rolls in for dinner and says something like, “alright, that recliner over there is mine. Once I eat turkey and get in front of that TV, it’s all over.”
If that uncle (or anyone) is a real football fan and tailgater, they will make it through the third game eating a turkey sandwich with tons of mayo. If the game ends up going in to overtime, then it’s a leftover wing or leg on top of it all.
Speaking of turkey, and since I have some experience here, I’d like to share a couple of recipes that you might want to try this week.
The first is a classic -- deep-fried turkey -- from Sandy, a tailgater from Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you’ve never tried it before, you are in for a real treat. Plus, it cooks much faster than the old roasting technique. If you have a 15-pound bird, for example, it will take less than an hour.
13 oz salt
1 1/2 oz ground black pepper
2 oz ground red pepper
1 oz garlic powder
1 oz chili powder
1 oz accent”
OR you can use Cajun Power Garlic Sauce
Depending on how much seasoning you want injected into the turkey depends on how much to dilute. We like alot of spices...so we will dilute about half of this mixture to a consistancy that will flow thru an injection needle. Then just inject the turkey to your heart's content!
When frying the turkey at a game you sure get a lot of spectators wondering what in the world you are doing and a lot of people just coming to see what the wonderful smell is. In any event you meet alot of different people...such as The Commissioner of Tailgating...wondering what you are doing!
- Use a thawed turkey not to exceed 18 lbs.
- Inject turkey with Creole Seasoning (diluted with water)
- Fill turkey fryer with vegetable oil (make sure it will not overflow when turkey is put in)
- Heat oil to 350 degrees
- Cook for 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes more.
And, since we’re in the Thanksgiving mood, here is a Cranberry Compote recipe from Mary Whitesell, the team cook for Jeff Gordon’s #24 Dupont Team and (yes, I know it’s not football -- but this recipe is GREAT and Mary is a master).
“1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 orange - zest and use juice
½ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped dry apricots
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cloves
¼ tsp. nutmeg
Plumb raisins and apricots in orange juice. Add spices and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Add to cranberry sauce. Add orange zest and mix together. Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes.”
All I know is that there isn’t a better feeling that being relaxed, enjoying the sport we all love so much. Speaking of which, I will be headed to Detroit for another special Thanksgiving with some great Lions fans and friends.
Here’s what that celebration is going to look like:
- 6 turkeys
- 20 side dishes
- All of the other trimmings
- And a hot tub soak, in the parking lot, before the game
That’s going to be a good time and some top-notch relaxation.
And for that, I am very thankful.
So, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you try the recipes -- get some good naps in on Thursday -- and have a great time.
And, as always, I’ll see you down the road.
Here's one you really don't want to miss: O'Reilly is offering their entire e-book and video catalog for 60% off!
This is a Cyber Monday sort of deal, so it's today only (Nov 29). If you've ever considered learning a programming language, honing your VIM skills or anything like that, now would be a great time to snatch a book about it. I don't know if their videos are up to par with Lynda.com, but their books are fantastic.
Must be rooted: One of the coolest things about Android is the development community it fosters. These developers bring features and software upgrade to devices long after carriers and manufacturers write them off as out dated. One of the newest upgrades froms from J_r0dd who worked multitouch support into his latest Roms for the Backflip and Cliq. It's great seeing even these "entry-level" devices get the updated software like their newer cousins. [via ModMyMobile]Thanks Rohit R!
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Monday, November 29, 2010
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PayPal will become eBay's dominant business in the next four years, says the New York Times today in an article looking at PayPal's mobile business future.
As you can see below, eBay's payment business, which is largely made up of PayPal has more than doubled in the last four years, while eBay's Marketplaces is growing much slower.
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